“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cake „
With Christmas around the corner, I thought this would be the right time to write about Tesco's Finest Christmas Cake. I got my one yesterday, this is the first one I have ever bought. Now before I get screams of how can I review this cake when I have never bought one, I have actually tasted it!.
Every year I totter of to M & S for our annual Christmas Cake, pay an arm and a leg for it, still have three quarters of it left after Christmas and do the usual of cutting in half whats left and shoving it into my sons bag as he goes back home to the Midlands!......so why do I purchase it?......it's Christmas of course!!!.
Well over the last few years I have been a bit disappointed at the taste of the M & S cake, it seemed to be lacking a true Christmas cake taste,I don't know in what way but it just did. So when I was given a slice of the Tesco Finest one ( everyone tries to palm a slice on you after Christmas have you noticed that!!) I fell in love with it straight away,as it was moist( could be the brandy it!) The icing wasn't rock hard and the general taste was lovely!... what Christmas cakes should taste like, so I made a note on the calender to remind me to go to Tesco's this year.
So while browsing around yesterday, I got quite excited as not only was it half price £5.00 instead of £10.00 it came in it's own cake tin, which has a little clear window in the top so you can see the lovely Christmas Cake. It's not the biggest cake in the world but will be plenty for us with all the other goodies that will be on the table.
The cake is of course white and round with three lovely large hollie sprigs made from icing giving it a splash of colour of red and green. So I know that this cake will stay fresh for ages and I can reuse the tin next year. Maybe thats where M & S are going wrong by selling theirs in a cardboard box. Coming to think of it if we ever get a sandwich out of M & S it never is that fresh compared to the vacumn packed ones.
On taking the lid of the cake tin you will find this cake sitting on a silver cake board, with two cardboard handles with a hole on each side to lift the cake out with. The cake has a clear plastic sleeve going around it.
When slicing the cake it is recommended to use a sawing action and to clean the knife between slices. This cake contains Sultana's, Glace Cherries, Candied Citrus Peel, Hazlenuts and Apricots, with cinnamon and nutmeg plus the usual ingredients that go into a Christmas Cake. With a generous 4.5% being Brandy the only problem is the Allergy Advice as it is rather long with there being Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg, Sulphites as well as Almonds and Hazlenuts.
There is a warning on the side of the tin saying"that all care has been taken to remove the cherry stones some may remain" and also " this product may contain small fragments of nut shell. ( just put me off for a bit I don't want a broken tooth for Christmas!) I'm sure they are all removed!.
With this moist cake bursting with the taste of the fruits, nuts ect... covered in a delicous marzipan and icing what more could you want for at Christmas! .....I hope it tastes as good as I remember it did last year!!
5 stars for an excellant Christmas Cake!...........The offer is on until the 8.12.09 only in Tesco's of course!.